Parents Prayer For A Rebellious Teenager
A practical plan to care for a rebellious child
Key Idea – One of the more difficult callings for a Christian parent is to help a teenager who is living in rebellion. The severity of situations will vary, but there is a common temptation to misunderstand what needs to be accomplished to help the child.
Case Study: teen rebellion
Ralph was going through a difficult season in his life. His wife of 18 years decided she no longer wanted to be married. Despite her Christian roots, she was looking to the culture to find happiness. Caught in the middle of the divorce was their teenage daughter, Suzi.
For the past few years, Ralph was a distant husband and father. He now sees how his behavior negatively impacted his relationship with his wife and daughter and through a renewed commitment to Christ, he has owned his past failures.Suzi is now a senior in high school. She has aligned with her mom’s decision to leave the family. her mom, she believes her purpose in life is to have fun and be happy.
Ralph is heartbroken about this and longs for a restored relationship with his daughter. Though he wants to guide and protect her, she will not listen. She is struggling in school, moving away from her youth group friends, and taking an unhealthy interest in boys.
Mind mapping rebellion
For Ralph to respond biblically, he needs the right starting point. The world will offer many answers for Suzi’s problems such as low self-esteem, hurt from her parent’s separation, hormones, uncertainty about her future, and a normal teenage phase of life. While these may describe her behaviors, they will fall short in addressing the problem because they do not address the cause.
The root of her rebellion is her separation from God. She was born in Adam and, thus, separated from God due to indwelling sin. Her own sin has added to her Adamic separation and as a result, she struggles with guilt, fear, and shame. Her response to these things has been rebellion, which is compounded by the reminders of her conscience–her “inner voice” that tells her when she has sinned.
This leads to an uncomfortable feeling inside of her. In middle school, she responded by playing the role of a good girl, which is a common self-reliant attempt to overcome fear. She was a straight A student who longed for approval and praise.
These attempts failed to address the root problem, which left her guilt, shame, and fear even more entrenched in her soul. Her conscience would temporarily excuse her (Romans 2:14-15) when she brought acceptable report cards home, but the bar of acceptance always seemed to increase.
With the brokenness of her parents’ marriage and her self-doubts about her ability to be accepted, she lost hope of ever changing. Her active heart-sin pushed her to take a self-reliant path to rebellion. She began looking to the world to address the uncomfortableness inside of her. She adopted the motto, “Girls just want to have fun.”
For her daddy to help her, he will need to understand the main problem is her relationship with God, not what is strained and broken between them. She is in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12) and the demonic spiritual world is enticing her flesh (James 1:14) to sin with the things of the culture. Her heart is bent from God (Romans 3:23).
- Are you able to perceive and address the true problems of the rebellious person?
- Why is it wrong to only address the behaviors of a rebellious person?
Ralph must perceive what has happened to her. He will be tempted to focus more on her behaviors. Additionally, his personal hurt could motivate him to crave control of her and respect from her. If so, he will be disappointed by her lack of reciprocation and can complicate the relationship by becoming angry with her.
The greatest need for his daughter is a heart change (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Luke 6:45) that will address her separation from God and accompanying enslavement to sin. This news will only be discouraging to Ralph in proportion to his desire to fix her. He can’t fix her. This is a job for the LORD.
Ralph’s relationship with his daughter is an illustration of how God can use suffering to change his heart (Romans 8:28-29). Rather than focusing primarily on his daughter, he must address what the LORD desires to do in his heart. There are at least two things he can do: (1) discern his heart’s desire for control and respect and (2) increase his dependence on God.
- When your child is struggling do you address your heart first?
- What are some ways you are tempted to sin when those close to you are rebelling?
A practical plan for change
We know our enemy is seeking to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8) through various schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). Two of their strategies are to leverage footholds (Ephesians 4:27) and stumbling blocks (Matthew 16:23) to throw us off course (Hebrews 12:2). These temptations can bring distress, while pressuring us to sin.
Since the root of our greatest problem is spiritual, the introduction of sin will disrupt our greatest need—to follow Christ. This is where Ralph needs to give careful consideration.
He does not need to cooperate with the enemy, but align himself with the Spirit so he does not create additional stumbling blocks for his daughter (Leviticus 19:14, Romans 14:13, 1 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 6:3).
Here are four practical steps to help Ralph help his daughter.
Remove the conflict – Unresolved conflict is at the root of all relational discord. Conflict is the result of anger, which has many faces. Yelling is the most recognizable face, but there are others the silent treatment, annoyance, and frustration. Can you name your most common manifestation of anger?Suzi is angry with her daddy and this serves as a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27). Ralph must humbly search his heart. If there are past behaviors that have not been confessed to her, his first course of action is to seek to reconcile his role in the past conflict.
Given the current state of the relationship, this may be best done with a letter. The Peacemaker Ministry website is a great resource to provide guidance in writing a reconciliation letter. Both Ralph and Suzi have sinned against each other and their flesh will want to dissect the conflict and assign corresponding blame.
There will always be disagreements on where the lines were drawn. Their perceptions of events will be different. If one chooses to defend boundaries it will only serve to stir-up fleshly responses. This kind of interpersonal relating is contrary to the Gospel.
The Bible teaches us how no one is righteous (Romans 3:10-12) and the severity of every one’s sin is made known at Calvary (2 Corinthians 5:21). The sins committed against each other fall short of our great sin against our Creator.
love, Christ bore our sins on the cross. He removed our sinful behavior that caused relational discord between God and us. Because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), Ralph is in a position to display Christ to his daughter by seeking to understand her perception of his actions (Matthew 5:11-12).
In doing so, Ralph will display humility, which will soften her anger. His actions will communicate he is owning his sinfulness, while resting in Christ’s finish work to fully neutralize his sin. By removing this stumbling block, he can create a more fertile ground for God to give growth.
Demonstrate kindness and patience – Ralph needs to model God’s method of leading us to repentance, which is kindness (Romans 2:4).
Despite our sin against God, He responded to us with patient kindness, compelling us to come to salvation (2 Peter 3:9). The LORD always showers the world with common grace that reveals His goodness (Matthew 5:44-45).
He does this even when we don’t discern or appreciate His benevolence.
Ralph will need to prepare his heart for Suzi’s lack of response to his actions. His good efforts may go unrecognized or be misinterpreted. Biblical love is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. It is not self-seeking.I am not suggesting Ralph ignores Suzi’s sin. When she is making unwise choices, he must continue to love her by warning her, but the key word here is love. His words should have the fragrance of care and concern rather than judgment and condemnation.
This approach to his daughter will require a patience that endures (1 Corinthians 13:7). She is on God’s timetable, not Ralph’s. He will not know when or if God will choose to open her eyes (Psalm 119:18).
Be a friend – Because of our moral sense of right and wrong, we tend to approach relationships the law. While this can bring order and function in the home (common grace), it will have no power for change. This is probably how Suzi is responding to her dad.
Her conscience (inner voice) is already telling her she is not living up to his expectations. Thus far, she has chosen to ignore its voice. Friendship will be the best way to minister to her heart. This was the Savior’s approach.
He came to hang out with sinners (Mark 2:15) in order to be their friend (John 15:15). Christ didn’t let the disciple’s sinful behaviors affect their friendship (Matthew 8:26; Mark 9:34) and He was not surprised or discouraged by their fleshly responses.
He has a perfect understanding of man’s sinful nature. His teachings (Matthew 5:28) and interactions (John 8:11) always moved past the behavior to the heart. Ralph’s best chance at addressing his daughter’s heart will be in the context of friendship.
This will be the only place where Suzi will be free to express herself without the need to spin, minimize, or deflect her responses. She is only free to share her thoughts, fears, and dreams to her friends. Her dad will need to seek to be her friend. His modeling of Christ to her could open the door to where the seeds of God’s love can be planted.
Find community – There is nothing in Suzi’s ability to enable her to change her heart. The same is true for her daddy. Though he can humbly lead and teach, only the LORD can cause change (1 Corinthians 3:6). Ralph must learn to trust God to bring the necessary change in the relationship with his daughter.
The length of this season will be unknown and he will be tempted to become discouraged when he doesn’t see change. His peace must not be his daughter’s behavior, but on the unchangeable God.
He should surround himself with good friends who can minister to him by offering encouragement and counsel. He will need to resist the temptation of being the Lone Ranger in the restoration of his daughter by appealing to the church community to help.
Trust the Author
All of us are part of God’s story and He is the Author. Though we may want to write our own stories, it would be an impossible feat. We are finite beings with a limited understanding of our complexities and our remedies.
It should be a relief to release this responsibility to an all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving God who operates outside of time and space. When we are faced with things we cannot change, it should be a call to fully trust the LORD to bring His desires to fruition in our lives.
- Are you trusting the Author of your story?
- What one thing you need to change in order to trust Him more effectively?
- Will you talk to someone about that today?
Prayers for Children
These prayers for children have been taken from out-of-print prayer and clergy textbooks. Our prayer sections are a work in progress and we will continue to add more as time goes on.
These prayers are broken into sections. There are prayers for children in trouble, for sick children, for those who are angry or depressed, and short blessings for children.
If you have a prayer request for a child, add it at the bottom of this page.
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“Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God.”[Mark 10:13]
Strength and wholeness. I shall run and not be weary. I shall walk and not faintCome Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove,
With light and comfort from above.
Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide,
Stay close by every child’s side. Amen!
Prayers for Children in Trouble
There are times in life when are children may stray from the Lord’s path. What follows are prayers for children who have lost their way, and need God’s guidance and blessings.
Dear Lord, you have witnessed the rebelliousness of youth since the very beginnings of time. You understand a parent’s anguish and helplessness over the actions of his child.
Please help us to transform our anger and frustration into loving care for our child who has gone astray. Help us begin to mend our broken fences and heal our broken hearts. Bless our child and also help him to mend the error of his ways. Help and bless us all to do right in Your name and restore us to peace and tranquility.
“Forgive the rebellious sins of youth …”[Psalm 25:7] Blessed is the Child of LightWho doth seek his heavenly FatherFor he shall have eternal life.He that dwelleth in the secret placeOf the Most HighShall abide under the shadowof the Almighty.For he shall give his Angels charge over thee
To keep thee in all thy ways.
Know ye that the Lord hath beenOur dwelling placeIn all generations.Before the mountains were brought forth,Or ever he had formedThe earth and the worldEven from everlasting to everlasting,Hath there been loveBetween the Heavenly Father
And his children.
And how shall this love be severed?From the beginningUntil the ending of timeDoth the holy flame of loveEncircle the headsOf the Heavenly FatherAnd the Children of Light:
How then shall this love be extinguished?
For not as a candle doth it burn,Nor yet as a fire raging in the forest.Lo, it burneth with the flameOf Eternal Light,
And that flame cannot be consumed.
From the Essene Gospel of Jesus
Read our Prayers for Purity.
Prayers for Children Who Are Angry or Depressed
Here is another prayer found in an out-of-print prayer book for a child that is upset or facing a difficult situation.
Heavenly Father, my child is your greatest gift,and my biggest challenge!I know my child is truly distressed,
and yet I am at my wit’s end to find a peaceful resolution.
I feel helpless and frustrated.I ask myself, What would my Heavenly Father
do in His infinite wisdom and beneficence?
Lord, come into my heart and mind,and share Your loving wisdom with me!Help my child to heal his pain, and help meto become as loving and wise a parent, as You are for usYour children. Thank You Lord, for
hearing me and coming to my aid! Bring your loving Peace to me and my child today.
My children, do you know that the EarthAnd all that dwells thereinIs but a reflection of the
Kingdom of the Heavenly Father?
And as you are suckled and comfortedBy your mother when a child,But you go to join your father in the fieldsWhen you grow up,So do the Angels of the Earthly MotherGuide your stepsToward him who is your Father,And all his holy Angels,That you may know your true home
And become true Sons of God.
While we are children,We will see the rays of the sun,But not the Power which created it;While we are children,We will hear the sounds of the flowing brook,But not the Love which created it;While we are children,We will see the stars,But not the hand which scatters themThrough the sky,
As the farmer scatters the seed.
Only through the CommunionsWith the Angels of the Heavenly Father,Will we learn to see the unseen,To hear that which cannot be heard,
And to speak the unspoken word.
Prayers for sick children
There are few things in life that are more difficult than dealing with a sick child. As a parent, our children’s wellbeing is what we care about most in the world.
The following are prayers for children dealing with an illness.
Lord, you love our child as You love all children,Bring healing to our child who is not well.Stay by his side and comfort him through this trying time.Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presenceBless us with Your powerful healing and comfort us also.
Thank You for hearing our prayer!
O Lord God, I come to You for help and succor.You have afflicted my child [child’s name].
Help me to understand that You mean well.Give me grace to bear my child’s affliction with patience and strength.Bless me, O Father, and restore my child [child’s name] to health.Do not forsake us, but give us an assurance of Your loving Kingdom.Bless this illness to me and my child [child’s name], and help us both to be better children of Yours because of it.
In the name of Your Holy Son Jesus Christ. Amen!
Read more Prayers for Healing Here.
Prayers for Children to Learn
These are good introductory prayers for children to learn. They are relatively short and they also rhyme making them easy to remember and easy to say.
They can be said in the morning or before bed.
Come, Holy Spirit, comeLet thy bright beams arise,Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open all our eyes.
Revive our drooping faith,Our doubts and fears remove,And kindle in our breasts the flame
Of everlasting Love. Amen!
Lord, I awake and see your light,For You have kept me through the night,To You I lift my hands and pray,Keep me from sin throughout this day,And if I die before it’s done,
Save me through Jesus Christ, Your Son.
Lord, look upon a little child,By nature sinful, weak and wild;O lay Thy gracious hands on me,
And make me all I ought to be.
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,Look upon a little child;Pity my simplicity
Suffer me to come to Thee.
O supply my every wantFeed this young and tender plantDay and night my keeper be,
And every moment watch round me. Amen!
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Bible Verses About Children
Click here to read more Bible Verses About Children
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”[Psalm 127:3-5]
Also, we have a great collection of simple Bible Verses for Children to Memorize.
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Handling a Rebellious Teenager: 10 Practical Tips
Listen: Collett Smart chats to Emma Mullings about handling a rebellious teen.
Parenting is challenging role at the best of times—but if you have a rebellious, wayward teenager, you’ve got an especially tough gig.
Late nights make you worried and exhausted, fights and hurtful words can leave you angry or heartbroken, and self- blame may set in as you try to work out ‘what went wrong’.
Family psychologist Collett Smart offered some keys for parents to handle a rebellious teenager, but first, she said, it’s important to determine whether your teen is actually rebelling, or simply going through a normal growing up process.
Rebellion vs Normal Teen Behaviour: Know the Difference
If your teenager’s pulling away from you, disconnecting, spending most of their time away from the home, and ignoring some of their childhood boundaries, that’s quite normal behaviour, says Collett.
“They’re trying to become their own person,” she explained. “It’s actually called developmental individuation. That’s the fancy term. They want to grow independent. They don’t always want to do everything their parents do. They will say no to certain things, or sometimes flat-out refuse and push a little bit.
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“It’s not so positive when it’s happening in your kitchen or living room, but it’s normal for your teen to fight, and for you to lose some battles. It’s important to realise that your teen’s in the process of moving away from you.”
Rebellion, on the other hand, is a destructive process.
“You actually can watch your child destroying part of their lives and refusing to abide by any rules,” she said. “There’s often chaos in the relationships around the child. It’s when your teen really just flat-out refuses to follow any kind of advice or anything their parents try and reach out to them with.”
For parents in this situation, the following practical keys will help you navigate this season.
1 – Know That You Can’t Control Your Teen’s Choices
it or not, teenagers are autonomous humans who can make their own choices. It’s not your job as a parent, or even your right, to control them. It’s an important and liberating point to remember when you’re faced with a rebellious teenager.
This also means you needn’t blame yourself, or other parents, when teens go off the rails.
“We must be careful not to label ourselves as bad parents, or think, ‘look at those parents, they have a rebellious teen, they must have done something wrong’,” she said. “It’s very easy for us to become judgey.”At the same time, though, remember that many rebellious teens have reasons for their decisions. Often they feel hurt in some way.
Knowing this will help you to have some understanding and compassion in approaching them.
2 – Don’t Give Up on Your Teenager
For a frustrated parent, giving up and walking away from your child emotionally can be the easiest solution—but it’s not helpful.
“Having a rebellious child is very tiring and stressful and you can feel very angry and frustrated, but if I can just implore parents, no matter how exhausted or disappointed you are, just be the best parent you still can be to your rebellious teen,” Collett says.
By continuing to ‘be there’ for them, this will send a message that they are loved, which is the message they need the most.
3 – Look For Opportunities to Encourage and Praise
Just as parents with toddlers take every chance to praise their child for succeeding at a task, the same principle is helpful with teenagers, says Collett.
“Tell them that you love them. Find something they’re doing well.”
“Catch your teen doing something right,” she said. “Sometimes it’s very difficult when your teen is rebellious and angry. But still tell them that you love them. Find something they’re doing well. Even if it’s as basic as them happening to unpack the dishwasher that week. You might think, ‘Well they should be, that’s their chore’. But thank them.”
“And praise your teen sometimes just for effort, not for accomplishment or being the best, but just for actually having a go at something.
“Pick times when you can just love on them.”
4 – Pick Your Battles; Let Go of Some Rules
As kids grow older and push the boundaries, it’s important to relinquish a few, says Collett.
“Around age 15 or 16 you need to back off from your teen,” she said. “Lessen some of the rules. Still have a few boundaries but really pick your battles. For example for a messy room, just shut the door for a while. Some things are not game-changers and not moral issues. Let some things go.”
5 – Don’t Get Drawn Into Yelling Matches
If you let your emotions get control and yell at your teenager, you’re not actually making any progress. In fact you’re shooting yourself in the foot, says Collett.
“Young people already know when they’re doing things badly or are upsetting their parents, and their motivation is sapped when they know they’re failing,” she said. “It just becomes a downwards spiral.
So they have lower expectations of themselves and they just start to help less, and do less and become more stressed, and the survival instinct kicks in. So yelling doesn’t help.
At that point they’re actually not even hearing you.”
Instead, wait for a moment when you can talk with your teen calmly instead, says Collett.
6 – Find Neutral Territory Where You Can Talk
If an emotional explosion with your teenager is inevitable, though, taking the discussion outside the home can help.
“Find neutral territory if you can, to talk about things,” Collett suggests. “ a coffee shop or somewhere where you’re not at home.”
7 – Leave Little Wordless Gifts
While you may not feel giving anything to a teenager who is breaking all the rules and taking you for granted, there is still a place for small gifts that say ‘I still love you’.
“Even if they’re out at a party and you know that they’re getting drunk, leave their favourite biscuits or chips on their bed,” Collett says. “Just little things where you can actively consciously send little messages saying, ‘I love you, I’m still here, and I still want to chat with you’.”
8 – Keep Attending Their Events
Although a rebellious teenager won’t communicate well, stay in touch with what’s happening in their school or sporting team, and continue to go along to their special events. Even if they’re ly to ignore you, it’ll send the message that you’re still around and haven’t given up on them.
“Offer to pick them up, even if they are ly to flatly say ‘no way’,” Collett suggests. “Keep offering, keep extending that olive branch, so they know that you’re still there.”
When your teen won’t talk to you, being present in the background is an alternative way to send a message of love.
9 – Respect Their Boundaries
To a moody teenager, there’s few things worse than their parent treating them a little kid. By paying attention to their boundaries, you will communicate to your teen that you respect them and understand they are becoming an adult.
“If they say ‘I don’t want to talk’, respect that, but still keep saying ‘I’m genuinely interested in you and when you want to, I’m still here,” Collett suggests. “Even if they never actually take you up on it, they will still know that you’re still there.”
10 Look After Yourself
If you’re the frazzled parent of a rebellious teen, don’t forget to take time out for yourself. “Invest in self-care,” advises Collett.
“It’s important to have your own network, other people you can talk to, and if there’s a point where it really escalates, get help for yourself and your family. We’re quick to go to the doctor when our children’s legs are broken but we somehow don’t go for help when our family needs emotional support.”
By looking after yourself and filling your own emotional tank, you’ll be better equipped to navigate your child’s difficult teenage years much more effectively.
Parents Prayers for Their Children: 7 Requests to God
In the Bible we read “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3) Children are one of the biggest ministries you will ever have. Our precious little ones are a gift from God and we should be in prayer for them daily. Here are 7 prayers that you can pray for your kids.
You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I pray that You watch over my children and use me as a vessel to showcase the love of Christ to them. I pray for their salvation, Lord. I pray that You will draw them to You so that they can understand how deep Your love is for them. Give me time every day with them, Father.
Give me time where I can read the Bible with them and pray with them. Lord, I want them to know You I know You. It breaks my heart to know that some kids I see will reject you as they grow older, Lord. Please let it not be so with mine! I pray that they will continue to walk with You as they grow older.
I love You, Father! Amen
I pray for my child today. He/she is struggling with the medications the doctors gave us. Lord, the side effects are almost as bad as the sickness. It hurts to see him/her in agony. Father, You have the power to heal anything by just thinking it.
If it is Your will, please heal my son/daughter. I want nothing more than my child to be happy and running around with their friends in the back yard again. Please, Father, hear my prayer and petition now. I love you, Lord! May Your will be done this day.
Thank you for another day of life with my kids. I pray that You will watch over them as they are in school today. Give them a safe journey to and from school on the bus. I pray that You will keep me safe everywhere I go, as well.
Bring me home safe to my children. I pray that You will empower my kids to stand boldly for You as they encounter sin and depravity in school.
I pray that the joy they have for Jesus will shine bright today! Thank you for my children, Father! I love them and I love You! Amen
“Lord, I pray that they fight against peer-pressure and stay away from drugs.”
My teenagers are in one of the most difficult times in their lives. I pray that they will stand up for what they believe in, Lord. I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them on every decision they make, so that they make good choices.
Lord, I pray that they fight against peer-pressure and stay away from drugs. Lord, I pray that you watch over them and guide them safely today. I pray my kids can learn the value suffering for the sake of Christ. I pray that they make decisions today their faith in You.
Thank you for my kids, Lord! Amen
I pray for the purity of my children. Lord, all of the hormonal changes are good because they are from You. I pray that my kids will stay strong and wait until marriage before enjoying the blessings of the bedroom.
I pray that they abstain from all sexual situations so they stay healthy too. So many diseases are being spread because of bad decisions today. Lord, only You know what they will choose and I pray that they will choose wisely.
I praise You for my kids, Father! Amen
I pray that my children will heed the calling You have set for them. I pray that they will follow where You lead, Father, whether it is in missions, music or the post office.
I pray that they will do everything whole-heartedly for You, so that You can be glorified. I pray that they will find their strength in You daily as they spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to whoever they come in contact with.
Let Your will be done in their future calling, Father. Amen
I pray for the future spouses of my kids. I pray that You will provide my son with a Proverbs 31 woman and I pray that You provide my daughter with a man who is completely devoted to You that will love her and cherish her all of her days.
I pray for Your sovereignty in this, Lord, that my kids can start families of their own someday. I pray for a love for them, Lord, as in the Song of Solomon. I pray that my kids will cleave to their future spouses and look to You for guidance as they journey through marriage together.
You are so good to us all, Father, and I pray for Your blessings on my children. Amen
There are many things to pray about when it comes to our kids. Salvation is the most important thing that we can pray about for them. I encourage you to pray that your kids will love Jesus all of their days. Heaven is way too wonderful to miss out on. To be in the presence of God for eternity will be amazing! God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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Top 7 Bible Verses For A Rebellious Child
Rebellion is a deliberate defiance and opposition to authority, and it often leads to confrontation and suffering.
It is especially hard for parents and families when they have a rebellious child, as their heart breaks for the poor decisions that their children are making.
Whether it is a child, a teenager or an adult child, their words and actions impact the people around them. These decisions will effect the rest of their lives, so included here in this article are my top 7 Bible verses for a rebellious child.
God’s word is so relevant in every situation, and this is so true when discussing a rebellious child.
Wise King Solomon wrote this verse describing how a child’s actions will define who he is and how he is accepted. If a young person acts with purity and an upright heart, then he will be seen as joy and a blessing.
However, if a child chooses disobedience and defiance, then he will be labeled as rebellious and difficult.
There are many reasons why a child might be oppositional and resistant to those in authority. Some of these reasons might be due to neglect, poor parenting or even abuse, and these are all tragic situations for a child to have to endure.
This verse confirms that a child should not be left to his own devices, because he cannot raise himself and he will bring shame to his mother and father.
Children need love, supervision, caring, and discipline in order to grow in favor with God and man.
The natural state of man is to sin, so there is a propensity for rebellion in each and every one of us.Solomon explains here, we all have folly bound up in our hearts as children (and even as adults), so we need discipline to push us in the right direction.
Proverbs 22:15 goes on to elaborate even more by saying, “do not withhold discipline from a rebellious child.” So correction and discipline are a necessity in correcting rebellious attitudes and actions, especially in children.
Another way to correct and counteract a defiant child is to teach them God’s word.
it says here in the book of Deuteronomy, teach your child about God and his love and his laws that are always meant for our good, as you are spending time together.
Whether walking or driving or resting at home, it is always important to share the truths of God’s word with our children, so that it becomes a part of who they are. The Lord’s truth will combat sin and rebelliousness in all of us.
Life can sometimes be very hard, as we face various trials and challenges on a daily basis. This is true for children and young people as well, so this verse reminds us all that we should always focus our lives on God and his will for us. The earlier we turn our hearts over to him, the more problems and pitfalls we are ly to avoid.
As it states at the end of this same chapter, “the end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Eccl. 12:13-14).
Our actions have consequences, so the Lord encourages us to choose wisely.
I believe that this is a great verse for a rebellious child, because it shows us exactly how we can combat a defiant and disobedient heart.
When we love God with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength, there is no room left for insurrection to lift its ugly head in our lives. Focusing our attention on the Lord, will release us from the pull of sin.
The Lord is quick to forgive us our sins, when we repent and turn back to him.Finally, in order to stop a rebellious child, it is most important that they realize that obeying their parents is not only a commandment, but it is also pleasing to the Lord.
He doesn’t want to shame young people, but rather his desire is to admonish them as his beloved children (I Corinthians 4:14).
God is calling us to greater things than what the world offers, and he encourages all of us to seek wisdom and love him with all of our hearts.
Remember parents, it’s more about relationship with your child than it is about laying down the law. Following the rules is expected, but by overstating their necessity you will most ly see only an outward display while the heart has not changed.
By having a true relationship, your child’s behavior is most ly an inner, heartfelt, desire their love for you. It often seems that young people don’t realize the consequences of their decisions, so they make poor choices without regard for their future.
I heard recently that “decisions have descendants,” and I believe that this is so appropriate in this case. Rebellion and parental defiance will have negative consequences both now and in the future, and it is imperative that children realize that now before it is too late.
God loves them (and us) so much, and he wants to give us a bright hope and a future without baggage or scars to weigh us down.
Written by Karla Hawkins
God has been good to me over the years, and I have much for which to be grateful to Him. First of all, I feel blessed to be the pastor’s wife of a thriving church in northern Michigan and the mother of four amazing grown children.
It is also very rewarding to be a Christian author, editor and translator for the Kingdom of God. Some of my favorite pastimes include supporting my children’s contemporary Christian band ONLY9AM, singing on the worship team at church, traveling, and connecting with family and friends via social media.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and especially with my precious three-year-old grandson.